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The winter season

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Winter is upon us which means cricket is limited. I train indoors which is a great opportunity to work on technique and specific aspects of my batting and keeping, as well as the odd chance to get a bowl in.

I’m currently training with Lewisham District on Saturday mornings. I have regular one-to-one sessions, which are important for working on my batting.

I try to make these sessions as match realistic as possible. I’ll set out cones to represent fielders and try not to give my wicket away at any time, even during the warm-up.

After Christmas I will train with London Schools Cricket Association at the Brit Insurance Oval.

Having trained here all last season, I realised that the surface of the floor is different to the pitches we play on during the season. The Oval nets are very quick and bouncy which makes bowlers seem a lot quicker than they actually are.

The coaching I receive is hugely beneficial. There is normally a team of about five or six coaches available to help. They are top-quality coaches who either have county experience or were high-level club cricketers.

I have just begun to train again after a two-month break from cricket. I am already beginning to get my form back and am very confident with my batting.

I am also beginning to take an interest in my bowling. At a healthy height of 6ft 4ins my coaches and I have agreed that bowling could be a serious option for the future.

Therefore I am investing time and dedication into using my one-to-ones to work on my bowling.

The winter is a key time for me to work on my fitness. During the summer the enormous number of games I play means I don’t have time to work on this. That means I need to be at my fittest for the beginning of the season.

I currently run at least once a week for roughly three miles. I hope to have doubled my distance by the time the season arrives.

As for real cricket, I’ll just have to make do with England. Ashes here we come.

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